UFC 234: Vannata vs. Rosa elevated to co-main event
With Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum off, changes had to be made to the UFC 234 main card.
The big news concerning UFC 234 is that middleweight champion Robert Whittaker is out of his main event title defense vs. Kelvin Gastelum, as he’s set to undergo surgery on a hernia that will keep him from fighting on Saturday night’s card. As a result, the UFC 234 main event is now Israel Adesanya vs. Anderson Silva, which was originally scheduled to be the co-main. It will remain three rounds due to the short notice nature of this decision.
In an unexpected move, the UFC has bumped Lando Vannata vs. Marcos Rosa, slated for the Fight Pass prelims, all the way to the co-main slot. Vannata is a fan favorite, but he’s only won one of his six UFC fights. Rosa is making his UFC debut.
Here’s the new bout order for UFC 234 in Melbourne, Australia:
Main Card (10 PM ET, PPV)
Israel Adesanya vs. Anderson Silva
Lando Vannata vs. Marcos Rosa
Rani Yahya vs. Ricky Simon
Montana De La Rosa vs. Nadia Kassem
Jim Crute vs. Sam Alvey
Preliminary Card (8 PM ET, ESPN)
Devonte Smith vs. Dong Hyun Ma
Shane Young vs. Austin Arnett
Kai-Kara France vs. Raulian Paiva
Teruto Ishihara vs. Kyung Ho Kang
Preliminary Card (7 PM ET, UFC Fight Pass)
Jalin Turner vs. Callan Potter
Wuliji Buren vs. Jonathan Martinez